I am Professor of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Institute of Microbiology & Infection at the University of Birmingham, UK.
My early training was in Plant Sciences (University of Oxford) followed by a PhD on mammalian cell biology with Prof. Laura Machesky (University College London & University of Birmingham). From 2001-2004 I was a Human Frontier Science Program fellow with Prof. Ronald Plasterk at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, working on RNA interference mechanisms. In 2005 I obtained a Research Council UK Fellowship to establish my own group at the University of Birmingham. In 2010 I was awarded a Lister Fellowship, in 2013 I was presented with the Colworth Medal of the Biochemical Society and in 2015 I received Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society. I currently hold a Consolidator Award from the European Research Council.
My research interests focus on host-pathogen interactions and, in particular in understanding how some pathogens are able to subvert the innate immune system. Much of our work is aimed at improving the treatment or prevention of opportunistic infections in patients with impaired immunity, such as HIV-positive individuals, patients in critical care, or people with long-term immune-compromising conditions.